Those of you early adopters of the HTC One smartphone are certainly in for a special treat as a new update is being pushed to the masses as we speak. This latest update doesn’t bring an unmolested version of Android, but will bring the latest Android version to One owners… well for the time being at least. Users of the smartphone can expect to see Android 4.2.2 which includes the Quick Settings notification bar among other things, while keeping the Sense version at 5.0. Additional cool changes to the software include a new battery level indicator, as well as some minor changes to the app drawer and hopefully— some welcome performance improvements.
No word yet on how long it’ll take for the latest update to hit the general public, but hopefully it will be a relatively quick and smooth process.
If you’re an avid root/modder in the Android community then rooting tool-kits should be nothing new to you. Today an all-in-one root plus recovery installer has been made available for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4. The instructions seems relatively easy (if you’re familiar with this kind of stuff), so just make sure you follow the directions thoroughly.
Qualcomm’s BatteryGuru app is now out of beta with it’s latest update in the Play Store. This was released back in February and I’ve been using the beta on my Nexus 4 ever since. While I haven’t noticed too much of a difference, any difference is nice. It kind of works like the Juice Defender app that’s already in the Play Store, but in a much smaller scale. Give it a shot if you have a device that uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon CPU! Video and link below after the break.
Thanks to XDA user chaleen, new screenshots of a Nexus 4 in Thailand’s Mobile Expo 2013 running Android 4.3 have surfaced. So far nothing too interesting in the screenshots as it just shows the build and kernel info, but one of them was fairly interesting as it shows a slightly re-designed UI for Google’s stock camera UI. You can check out that screenshot right below.
LoJack, if you’re familiar with their software for computers and laptops, have made the jump into mobile device territory with the Samsung Galaxy S4 as their first supported device. With this software you’ll be able to trace, lock, and of course, remotely wipe your device if you choose to do so. Unlike other soft wares, LoJack stays in your phone no matter what you do to it, such as factory resetting the device. More importantly you’ll get LoJack’s experience with their years of success in the laptop and computer industry, so you know their representatives are highly trained to retrieve your device.
So far no date of the release has been set, but we expect it to be around this summer. Prices have yet to be confirmed but it should range depending on the longevity of your desired subscription. Hit up the break for the full press release!
A new variation of one of the world’s most popular web browsers is now ready for the limelight as Opera’s Webkit-based Opera 14 has officially hit the Play Store. The new build will not only bring a speedier version of the browser— it brings the ability to wrap text while zooming and the ability to view active tabs in full screen. The great thing is while there are some significant additions to the browser, the web browser still brings the simplicity and familiarity that we’ve all grown accustomed to loving. Of course there are a couple of other goodies that users may like, but you’ll have to hit the Play Store and check it out for yourself.
Despite it aging at a fast rate (in Android years at least), the Galaxy S III smartphone is still one hell of a smartphone. So that’s why Samsung has been hard at work ensuring its most successful device to date will continue to receive prompt updates in order to keep things current. With that in mind— a leaked Android 4.2.2 firmware has surfaced for the unlocked variant of the device, courtesy of the fine folks at SamMobile. As expected, the leaked firmware is based off an incomplete version of the imminent update— but fortunately it appears that Samsung is pretty much done ironing out the bugs and should have the finished Android 4.2.2 build by the time June rolls around. Aside from the fact it is an incomplete version, the update does bring a ton of new goodies for the device including a new lockscreen, new S Voice, Driving Mode and a revamped Settings UI, among other things.
If you are a GT-I9300 owner and want more deets on the mouthwatering firmware, hit the break to grab the download link, as well as full instructions on how to flash the update to your device. » Read the rest
With rumors surfacing yesterday about a possible HTC One running a stock Android install, another rumor surfaced that may be more interesting for current owners of the device or those not willing to wait for confirmation of the “Google experience” HTC One. Over on Twitter, developer @LlabTooFer responded to an inquiry about Android 4.2′s availability on the HTC One with “2-3 weeks I think.” @LlabTooFer has been a reliable source of information about HTC software updates in the past.
Along with the rumor about Android 4.2 coming to the HTC One, @LlabTooFer also posted recently about an update that was in the works for last year’s HTC One X which would bring it up to Android 4.2 and Sense 5.0. If all the rumors are true, it looks like HTC is working to bring the Android 4.2 goodies to a large swath of their customers. If they succeed and establish a reputation of quick work to keep devices up to date with Android versions, that could be a positive step in helping them regain some lustre and marketshare.
While many were disappointed to hear nothing of a new release of Android yesterday at the Google I/O keynote, there is some good news on the horizon. An update is coming, and it will feature Bluetooth Smart support. It would be a bit odd to have an Android OS update for something as trivial as this, so we’re obviously expecting some more new features to come with the update as well.
The Android team could be slowing the pace at which they release updates so that they can give manufactures a chance to can catch up, and so that they can also improve their overall reputation for slowly released updates. Either way, we’ll know what comes of all this in a few months. More to come…